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Italy disaster head steps down over L'Aquila

  • The head of Italy's disaster body, Luciano Maiani, has stepped down in protest of prison sentences passed on seven colleagues over the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila.

    Six scientists and an ex-official were convicted of multiple manslaughter for giving a falsely reassuring statement.

    Maiani, a physicist, stated on Tuesday that the Serious Risks Commission could not work "in such difficult conditions".

    The 6.3 magnitude quake killed 309 people.

    Maiani's decision to quit was announced by the Italy's Civil Protection department. The commission's vice-president, Mauro Rosi, and emeritus president, Giuseppe Zamberletti, have also tendered their resignations.